According to statistics from the Southeast Regional Climate Center, Columbia, South Carolina, has average relative humidity levels ranging from 44 to 90 percent throughout the year. This is one of many environmental factors that can affect both outdoor and indoor air quality. While you can’t do much to manage outside conditions, your attention to issues such as excessive humidity and indoor air pollution can be important for the benefit of household members. Following are three main reasons that indoor air quality matters.
Indoor air pollution can affect the health of individuals in a residential or commercial building. Symptoms that can result from poor air quality can include headaches, irritation of the eyes, breathing difficulties, and fatigue. OSHA also notes that some materials can result in later development of cancer. The issues causing the presence of pollutants can range from the materials used to construct a building to the maintenance of the facility. Products such as laundry supplies, for example, can release emissions that can affect inhabitants of a home. Failure to clean and repair leaky ducts can also create an inlet for irritants. Indoor air quality testing can be helpful for identifying specific materials in your airstream, a starting point as you pinpoint problems that require supplemental equipment or other services.
Filter management is important for removing airborne particles from circulation, but an air cleaner may provide a more intensive treatment of the air supply, allowing even for the killing of biomaterials such as mold and viruses. Ventilation can also prove helpful in mitigating problems with a concentration of pollutants in the home.
Indoor humidity levels can affect household comfort control. Experts recommend that indoor humidity should be maintained between 30 and 50 percent, an effort that can be difficult during Columbia’s most humid months. High humidity during warm weather can make conditions feel hotter than the temperature indicates. Your home’s air conditioner provides some humidity management, but if the system is not inspected and optimized annually, it may be ineffective in pulling moisture from the air supply. In some cases, a dehumidifier may be recommended to address unmanageable humidity levels in the home. A discussion with an expert during indoor air quality testing may help in finding solutions.
Both humidity and pollutants can affect your home’s interior. Aside from comfort and health implications, these issues can contribute to the deterioration of structural or decorative features in your home. Excessive humidity, for example, can cause mold to grow and infiltrate porous surfaces. Wall paper, paint, wood, and other interior materials can become warped or experience other forms of damage as well. The movement of particulates through the home can contribute to a dingy or dirty environment, making an air cleaner a helpful tool in reducing the movement of such materials.
Cool Care Heating & Air is available for indoor air quality testing as well as the installation of appropriate equipment for mitigating IAQ problems. Our team can help in identifying issues specific to your home as we provide solutions for reducing air pollution in the structure. We also recommend regular HVAC maintenance to address these issues. Call us to discuss your needs today.